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Published on Nov 5, 2008
PLEASE READ: In this clip from the 2008 film "The Soviet Story", we see that George Bernard Shaw, the celebrated progressive playwright defended Hitler, advocated killing those who can't justify their existence and called for the development of lethal gas 10 years before the national socialists in Germany did exactly that.
George Bernard Shaw was one of the left's most revered figures and the only person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel prize.
In this clip Snore documents three points that many viewers find disturbing:
1. Shaw was a vocal supporter of Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini 2. Shaw supported mass killing of the unproductive 3. Shaw advocated creating a Zyklon-B type gas to allow more "humane" mass killing
The historical record for these claims is clear, but many posters dispute the second point by stating (without support) that Shaw was being sarcastic or even joking. Unfortunately, this is clearly not the case as is obvious from reading Shaw's writings and public comments in the broad context of the time they were written.
When Shaw's controversial statements on eugenics were reported in the media, he did not dispute them or claim that the quotes were taken out of context.
I welcome anyone to challenge the director on these and other points, but please provide specific support for any claims rather than just stating your own wistful thinking on the topic.
Also, to avoid betraying your ignorance on Shaw's views, PLEASE READ at least Section One of the preface to Shaw's play "On the Rocks" which fleshes out the full logic and substance of Shaw's view on "extermination" BEFORE becoming the 1000th person to express your cognitive dissonance with an unsupported claim that "this must be satire" or that it was "taken out of context". In fact the historical context explains exactly why Shaw's logic was appealing at the time.
I know that these uncomfortable historical facts don't fit the trite morality play that we Americans learned in school but National Socialism and Soviet Socialism did not spring forth suddenly from nowhere.
Finally, I'm going to delete comments from any idiots: 1) claiming it's satire without support or knowledge of his work 2) spouting idiotic anti-Semitic, Nazi or other brain-damaged nonsense that has nothing to do with Shaw 3) debating whether he was British or Irish or any other irrelevancy that interests me about as much as Shaw was interested in the lives of "useless" people